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The Heavy Machines

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About The Heavy Machines

Classic Country and Americana with an authentic American accent
Americana band
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The Heavy Machines started in Athens, GA and are now based in West Yorkshire lead by Doug Nissley following a lifetime of nomadic living. Moving from town to town and even Country to Country Doug's guitar has always been by his side. His journey has taken him through the halls of Rock, Southern Americana, and even through the mountains of Country music and moonshine. A bit of grit in his voice is right at home with the soulful heartfelt songs of experience and life.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We own a PA system
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2nd Encoreversary
Country, Folk rock, Blues, Americana, Vintage, Acoustic, Rock, Skiffle
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party
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Song list

Jerry Reed - East Bound and Down
George Jones - White lightning
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison
Georgia Satellites - Keep your hands to yourself
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
Johnny Cash - I got stripes
Steve Earle - Johnny come lately
Black Crows - She talks to angels
The Blasters - Marie Marie
Merle Haggard - I think I’ll stay here and drink
Dolly Parton - Jolene
The Blasters - Dark night
Merle Haggard - Old man from the mountain
Johnny Cash - Ring of fire
Merle Haggard - Working man Blues
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle
Charlie Daniels - Long haired country boy
Waylon Jennings – Are you sure Hank done it this way
Johnny Cash - Cocaine Blues
The Who - Squeeze box
AC/DC – Whole lotta Rosie
Lefty Frizell - Long Black Veil
Jr. Brown - My Wife Thinks You’re Dead
The Beatles - Rocky Raccoon
Gram Parsons - Ooh Las Vegas
Dolly Parton – If I Had Wings
Wicked Game – Chris Issak
the Heavy Machines - She Got the House
the Heavy Machines - Truckstop Love
the Heavy Machines - the River
the Heavy Machines - Move Your Machine
the Heavy Machines - Wild Flower
the Heavy Machines – Rocket Fuel
the Heavy Machines – Rum and Cider
the Heavy Machines – the Levees
the Heavy Machines – Hillbilly Heroine
the Heavy Machines – I Want You to Know
the Heavy Machines – Cheap Whisky
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We can provide solo, duo, trio, and possibly a fourth by adding a fiddle.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

With advanced warning we are able to accommodate most timing changes. Additional fee may be involved for additional time.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I-pod or flash drive can be played between sets. If requested after final set additional charge will be assessed.

How much time do you need to set up?

60 minutes set up time will usually suffice.

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately the nature of our instruments would prevent us from roaming.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We know that requests will always be made. We will entertain any request, but feel that we must maintain the final say with any set list decisions.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

All equipment is included in the quote, we don't currently have lights, and are happy with house lighting.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Decisions of this nature will be made on a song by song basis.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£480
Up to 2 hours£960
Up to 3 hours£1440


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Rick W, 2 years ago

Doug is a regular performer at my venue, either solo or with his band, and we always have dates in the diary booked ahead. He puts a great spin on time honoured classic crowd pleasers and always builds a great rapport with the audience. His American upbringing lends authenticity to the material and he knows when to have his tongue in his cheek and when to play it straight. As if being a very talented and professional performer wasn’t enough, he is also one of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet!

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Emma D, 3 years ago

We've had both Doug Nissley and his band Phild Dirt and the heavy machines play for us and can't rate them highly enough, always arrives in good time to get the lie of the land and set up. PLays a right good range of foot stomping crowd pleasers as well as some excellent self penned numbers. Guaranteed to get the crowd going with his mix of Americana Country Blues and Rock, gonna be back with us in the future I have no doubt

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